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Drangajökull Glacier on Westfjords Peninsula, Iceland

March 11th, 2011 Category: Glaciers and Ice Caps

Iceland - February 18th, 2011

Although much of Iceland is covered by snow and glaciers, some snow-free low-laying areas can be observed near the coast and in large valleys.

The large peninsula on the left side of the image, in northwestern Iceland, is known as the Westfjords. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7 km wide isthmus.

The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. Here, the contrast of white snow against blue ocean makes it easy to observe the contours of these fjords.

The Drangajökull glacier is located in the far north of the peninsula and is the fifth largest of the country, but the only glacier of the region.

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